Get a FREE Guide To Getting Started With Newspapers in Family History Research

Newspapers are an incredibly rich source of genealogical information and have existed in America since the early eighteenth century. The first newspaper published in colonial America appeared in Boston in 1704. It wasn’t until fifteen years later in 1719 that the weekly Boston News-Letter was followed by other papers, the Boston Gazette and Philadelphia’s American Weekly Mercury. Virginia’s first newspaper, the Virginia Gazette, was published in 1736 and by 1740 there were sixteen newspapers in the British colonies, all weeklies. By the time of the American Revolution in 1775, there were some thirty-seven newspapers in business.

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American Ancestors/New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) is America’s founding genealogical organization and the most respected name in family history. Established in 1845, We are the nation’s leading comprehensive resource for family history research and the largest Society of its kind in the world. We provide expert family history services through our staff, original scholarship, data-rich website, educational opportunities, and research center to help family historians of all levels explore their past and understand their families’ unique place in history.

We are a member-based nonprofit corporation dedicated to advancing the study of family history in America and beyond, by educating, inspiring, and connecting people through our scholarship, collections, and expertise.